Katherine Hoyt lived for eighteen years in Latin America, sixteen of them in Nicaragua. She worked for the Sandinista government, ultimately as a translator for the national legislative body. She currently is co-director of the Nicaraguan Network Education Fund in Washington, D.C. Hoyt is a graduate of Vassar College and has a Ph.D. in political science from Rutgers University.
Taking power in Nicaragua in 1979 as a revolutionary party, the Sandinista National Liberation Front (FSLN) was willing to put its fate in the hands of the Nicaraguan people twice, in 1984 and 1990. The party wrote a democratic constitution and then, remarkably, accepted the decision of the majority by relinquishing power upon its defeat in the 1990 election.